Stripes are the thing this Spring and WWD reporting prominent sightings in Milan. Sprinkle them through your outfits liberally for a pulled-together feel. Call it the Scandi influence on fashion: they love them and to walk down a Stockholm street is to risk stripe fatigue and possible cravings for dry land. No matter, this season, though there’s not a ship in sight and Prison Break is truly over, the stripes must go on. There’s something jaunty and even Parisian about a grid of parallel lines, but it’s not all Coco Chanel and Bretons.
At Swedish Fashion Talents, SFW16, these designers took special license and daubed the lines on fabric with a free hand and a large brush. Emelie Janrell with her silky languor and Arethé Stockholm with a grand take on the Spring coat, gave a sense of flair to an ancient classic and proved you don’t need to wear a smock or serve on HMS Pinafore to look tidy. One of my favourites from the A/W show, award-winner, Simon Ekrelius gave a subtle twist to the trend by creating stripes with diaphanous pleats on a red top, for a sweet peep of skin. Take a look on the Scandinavian side.
Fun and startling, stripes also swirled down London runways in giant form. To get the look without the artistic license, try Silence + Noise’s Silky Oversize Blouse, or check out French Connection for a fully striped wardrobe, especially their cute Suo Stripe Stretch Dress.
You’ll soon be shipshape.
Pictures 1-3: Aretha. Stockholm
Picture 4: Simon Ekrelius
Clothes in Main Picture: Emelie Janrell
Photographs: Dear Velvet